Historic boards to be given new life

David CharlesworthHarvey-Waroona Reporter

TWO century-old honour boards remembering Cookernup’s Anzacs are getting some much-needed care after a successful grant was announced last week.

Cookernup Community Association member Ray Howard applied to the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program after seeing the boards in the Community Hall were in need of refurbishing.

Once the $2112 grant comes through the boards will be taken down, the wood varnished, the brass name plaques polished and the letters re-enamelled.

“They have to hand in-fill and enamel all the letters,” Mr Howard said.

Mr Howard estimated the boards to be about 100 years old and were originally purchased by the Cookernup Football Club.

Forrest MHR Nola Marino announced the successful grant and congratulated the association. “After the trauma that the area experienced during the 2016 bushfires it’s great that this organisation has been given funding to help preserve and honour our local history,” Mrs Marino said.

The Saluting Their Serviceprogram provides up to $4000 for an individual project and is always open for applications through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs grants program.

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